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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Matt Gilroy, the highly regarded Boston University senior defenseman who will become an uncapped free agent the moment his Terriers either win the NCAA title or are eliminated from the tournament, likely will become an early indicator on whether the uncertain NHL economy will depress the summer market.
Two dozen NHL squads informally recruited Gilroy, a 24-year-old out of North Bellmore, last summer when it appeared he would leave school following his junior year. But he returned to lead Hockey East defensemen in scoring while earning a nomination for the Hobey Baker Award.
On Inside Hockey Radio today:
We’ve got another great lineup for you this week as we talk to Conor McKenna (Team 990), Bob Snow (NHL.com), Jim Cummins (Former NHLer), Alanah McGinley (Kuklskorner.com) and go Toe to Toe with Todd Carroll.
Conor will give us the latest on the Habs push for the playoffs and take a swing around the Northeast Division. Bob Snow will be live from the NCAA Hockey Northeast Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire to help us dissect the NCAA tournament. Jim Cummins will help us tackle some of the hot topics around the NHL and the playoff chances of his beloved Blackhawks. Alanah McGinley who is based in Vancouver will give us the latest on the Canucks and we’ll finish off by going Toe to Toe with Toddy Carroll as we examine the tug of war between college hockey and Canadian Juniors, as well as the drawn out response to Alexander Ovechkin’s goal celebrations. Enough already folks!
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
While the players initially benefited from the new labour deal — increases in league revenue led to an increase in the salary cap — they feel they’re once again bailing out bad owners and poor marketplaces.
“Why should we pay for the owners’ negligence?” remarked one player. “The players have gone out of their way to promote the game, do interviews and commercials. There are some owners doing the job and doing it well, but it’s all done individually, not by the league.”
The longer the players live with the labour pact, the better they understand its shortcomings. In the NBA, the players’ escrow contributions are capped at 10 per cent. In the NHL, there is no cap and potentially no limit to how much the players could lose.
From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News:
For a number of veteran players, that elusive Lord Stanley is the one piece of the puzzle left in what could be a Hall of Fame career. Let’s look at the candidates.
Mats Sundin, Vancouver – As my colleague Brian Costello has posited in the past, Sundin is not quite a Hall of Famer just yet. But the way I see it, clinching a championship would put him in. The big Swede’s next goal will put him past former teammate Joe Nieuwendyk for 20th all-time in NHL history (Teemu Selanne passed both of them and Mike Bossy this year) and he also ranks 33rd overall in assists (passing Jean Ratelle, but getting passed by Mike Modano) and 25th all-time in points.
Stats aside, I really get the sense the Hall of Fame wants him in.
And while you’re at THN, you can check out Risto Pakarinen’s piece on Jonas Gustavsson, the netminder in the Swedish Elitserien finals, and on a record shutout streak which currently resides at 240 minutes and 25 seconds.
from Reuters via the Globe and Mail,
Speaking at the SportAccord convention, Fasel and Bettman had a frank and sometimes heated exchange that underscored the difficult negotiations ahead for the NHL to remain part of the Olympics.
“It can be a challenge or a nightmare (bringing the NHL, IIHF, NHLPA Players’ Association and IOC together) and I take it as a challenge, a fantastic challenge and I will work day and night to have them (NHL players) in Sochi,” said Fasel.
The 2014 Games will be held in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi following next year’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
But Bettman said: “It’s not so easy to simply say ‘Let’s go to the Olympics’. We shut down our season for two weeks to 17 days and there is a momentum to our season that is lost…it all comes to a screeching halt and we go off to the Olympics.
“No other league stops to go do this. In fact, baseball doesn’t do it and it’s no longer an Olympic sport. This is hard, it’s not always a good experience and the benefits we’ve sometimes seen were not always worth what we’ve had to sacrifice.
“I don’t think we get enough credit and I don’t think the IOC (International Olympic Committee) tends to recognize how difficult it is.”
from DarrenM of Silver Seven,
In 1987, Marsh brought his flexible goal pegs, made out of a mixture of rubber and plastic, to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. Ed Chynowth, then president of the Western Hockey League, became a big supporter of Marsh Pegs, and helped draw the NHL’s attention to the invention.
Finally, in July of 1991, the NHL made the Marsh Peg system the standard in every arena. Marsh joked that at 56, he was the oldest rookie in the NHL that year.
From Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy:
One point of contention during the debate, typically used when arguing who is more valuable to a team, is the “take the player off the team” angle, comparing how the Capitals and Penguins would be if Ovechkin and Malkin were not in the lineup. Obviously, both teams have decent talent around them that if they were not in the lineup one night, they wouldn’t suffer too poorly.
While Ovechkin and Malkin are pretty much certain to have their names included on the final list of MVP nominees, who deserves to fill the third slot?
In a more general sense, which one of the following players deserves the hardware?
Check out the list and cast your vote.
Also at PD, check out Greg Wyshynski’s entertaining interview with Cam Ward, discussing everything from his current streak of starts, to his concerns about ending up with a “porno bobblehead.”
via the Las Vegas Sun,
Tickets for the 2009 NHL Awards ceremony at the Pearl Concert Theater in the Palms Hotel go on sale Tuesday at noon.
The NHL hands out some of hockey’s most cherished prizes including the Hart, Norris and Calder trophies at this ceremony. But the $500 price tag might be too steep for most hockey fans.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
He’s the last on-ice link to the WHA, worked nearly 2,000 NHL games, was stung by pucks in every part of his anatomy, watched Mario Lemieux’s Canada Cup winner up close, got a shout-out in Wayne’s World and turned down Jim Schoenfeld’s advice to consume another beignet on national TV.
Referee Don Koharski will have a relatively quiet exit in a couple of weeks, but this tough old zebra won’t leave the game entirely. League director of officiating Stephen Walkom says a supervisory or instructional position will be discussed with the 53-year-old during the summer….
With his first game on Oct. 14, 1977 (the Cleveland Barons, Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Flames were still in the 18-team NHL), Koharski embarked on an eventful career. He’s recognized not only for his longevity, but working so many big games, such as the multiple Stanley Cup finals and at the Russians’ request, Game 3 of the ‘87 Canada Cup final.
read on and of course, whenever you hear ‘Koharski’, you think of the ‘donut incident’ which you can watch below…
via Frank Albin of the Seagate Broadcasters Blog,
Recently I went through some old boxes in my garage. I found an interesting/fun video that I produced back in 1990. At the time I was covering the Detroit Red Wings while working for PASS.
This was pre-Sharks and the big story was that the Minnesota North Stars were thinking of re-locating in San Jose.
Great find Frank and thanks for sharing so all hockey fans can view it.
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